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Google has bought reverse-engineering and analysis tools firm Zynamics. Financial terms of the deal, announced on Tuesday, were undisclosed.

Zynamics is led by Thomas Dullien, a respected white-hat hacker better known by his online handle, Halvar Flake. The acquisition further strengthens Google's security team, which already includes noted security researcher Tavis Ormandy.

Much of the combined security brainpower of Google's engineers is geared towards outsmarting black-hat search optimisation, a tactic commonly applied so that links to scareware portals appear prominently in searches for topical terms, and in the classification and blocking of otherwise malign websites.

Germany-based Zynamics sells various malware analysis tools, such as VxClass, and reverse engineering products, such as BinDiff. ®

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